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Monday, 11 May 2015

Is it time to drop the "Worst Dressed On The Red Carpet" Bitch-Fest?

Ho-hum  It's the night after the BAFTAs and the Daily Mail's lead article is entitled "What Were They Thinking?  ....The Worst Dressed Stars on the Red Carpet at the TV BAFTA Awards".

Some of this year's unfortunate targets include Catherine Tate ("who wore an autumnal coloured dress with too much ruching that swamped her small frame and clashed with her nude courts), Made in Chelsea's Rosie Fortescue (who "opted for an unflattering metallic dress with sheer panels by Julien Macdonald), and Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe (who wore a dress described as "a bizarre one-shouldered black dress... which fell flat").


Michelle Keegan was described as wearing "a loose dress by House of Fraser in an unusual pastel shade of pastel green that was very wrinkled, causing many to question the former Coronation Street star's red carpet choice". Bizarrely, a link to purchase that very same dress can be found directly below this helpful criticism.

Now, we can all have a few minutes of fun and shore up our frail egos by gloating at the usually perfect looking less so. 

Michelle Keegan would probably look good in a bin liner.  It doesn't matter how terrible the outfit choices are, these are still beautiful women out to enjoy themselves.  

Imagine if, when you go out on a Saturday night, your choice of outfit was pilloried in the press the next day? You'd feel crushed, wouldn't you?

Yes you can argue that as a celebrity you put yourself out there and have to take the knocks. Well fine, but the knocks should be related to what you actually do, shouldn't they?

The BAFTAs celebrate and reward the best formances on TV during the past year. And where do we find the actual list of winners?  They appear in a rather bald listing right at the bottom of the article after reams of red carpet dress photos.

I loved the #WeAreThey Twitter response in support of Plus Size women, (even though I would always champion being a healthy weight as being best for us).  

Here were loads of women taking a stand and saying "This is us.  This is what we look like.  We're happy with it.  Move on".  

Far removed, I think, from the misogynistic drubbing female celebs have to put up with every time they put on a less than perfect frock.

Is anyone talking about the sartorial choices of  Jon Snow (Fellowship BAFTA), Jason Watkins (Leading Actor BAFTA) and Ant and Dec (Entertainment Performance BAFTA)?

Reading articles like this may make me feel better about myself for about a minute but this is a temporary buzz, like eating too many chocolates.  Don't you find you feel a bit uncomfortable afterwards?

The problem is we women are so used to being judged on our appearance rather than our skills and we are often each others' harshest critics.  

Until we realise that we need to support each other and that criticising one of us is in many ways like criticising all of us, it's going to be damn hard to stop clicking on those insidiously unpleasant article links.
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